SOHH Whatcha Think: Which Two Rappers Should Record A Super-Duo Album Next? [Click Here & Speak]
Friday, Jun 17, 2011 11:30AM
Red and Meth. Ghost and Rae. Snoop and Dre.
There's no denying that when certain artists unite on wax, magic happens. Nowadays anyone with a major label budget can cop a guest spot from Weezy, but there's no faking the chemistry between rappers who bring out the best in each other bar-for-bar. Call it competition, camaraderie or that new hot sh*t -- it's the kind of sincerity major label money can't buy. The kind listeners can feel. So... we start to fiend for more.
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The result of these divine lyrical pairings is the often-rumored, but rarely released collaboration album. Remember The Commission? It was set to be a super group composed of The Notorious B.I.G, Charlie Baltimore and Jay-Z. Never happened. More recently, a group effort that was to include Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West called Child Rebel Soldiers (CRS) was discussed briefly, but today you'd have a better chance of seeing Lupe rockin' an "Obama For 2012" snapback than of this disc ever amounting to anything more than hip-hop folklore.
The artists announce it, the fans want it and there's money to be made. So what's the issue? Take your pick: Friends become strangers (last month AZ took to Twitter, pleading for Nas to contact him), people get busy, artists die and labels c*ckblock the movement. Every so often though, a collabo disc does find its way to stores. Case in point, the Em/Royce effort "Hell: The Sequel" [Click here to check out its SOHH Score], which hit shelves on Tuesday.
Jay has moved past The Commission, and Yeezy is no longer a Child Rebel Soldier, but these two have united this year for an LP titled Watch The Throne, as Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka boss up to release Ferrari Boys next week. I predict Ferrari numbers for the first album, and Camry numbers for the latter.
As far as duo/collabo albums go...for the record, I'm still in favor of a Nas/AZ effort...sans Foxy Brown and Nature. Yo Esco, where you at?
"I see i have to be on my death bed or headed to the electric chair b4 my boy ESCO holla back," he tweeted May 17 (AZ's Twitter).
"Doe or die 2 will not be complete wit out my homie Nasir (Escobar) so can yall help me reach out an make him aware I'm looking 4 him.HOLLA," he tweeted May 20 (AZ's Twitter).
Here's a throwback to better times, AZ.
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